Tiger 10.4.7 won't install - Why?

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  1. tsam19 macrumors member

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    Can anyone offer any advice or help on this matter?

    I have an Imac 17" Intel Core 2 Duo (5,1) 2ghz late 2006 model.
    Just recently the superdrive has perished for what ever reason & I have read that some times if you reinstall the original operating discs that came with the computer, the superdrive may or may not come back to life.

    Leopard 10.5.8 with all the updates is the current set up on the imac & I want to put Tiger 10.4.7 back on it.

    So I'm connecting the Imac to my Mac pro 15.4" (late 2007 model - 2.2ghz 4gb ram intel core 2 duo) via firewire & use the Imac as a target disk.

    I put the install disc into my mac pro with the imac connected, power down - reboot holding 'C' to boot up the Tiger install disc.

    The apple logo & spinning wheel appear, but then the screen darkens & a 'You must turn off your computer or hold the power switch for a few seconds appears'

    Now I've tried resetting the PRAM,NVRAM & SMC also decreasing the amount of RAM there is in the laptop.

    But the error is always the same??

    However if I put leopard 10.5.6 disc in that starts ok, snow leopard 10.6 that starts ok too.

    But tiger 10.4.7 & leopard 10.5.1 won't start at all??

    How can I get Tiger 10.4.7 back onto the imac using my mac pro?

    Yes the only other way is to replace the superdrive, but I'm not in a position to get it replaced at the minute & if reinstalling the original operating discs rejuvenates the old superdrive, then there's no point.

    Thanks for reading & taking the time to offer any help.
     
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    You're putting the gray install DVD for the iMac into the Mac Pro's optical drive and then trying to install the OS on the iMac which is connected through target disk mode? The Mac Pro won't start up with 10.4.7, it shipped with 10.5.
     
  3. tsam19 thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought about that too.

    My macbook pro 15.4" Santa Rosa (MA895LL) A1226 was shipped with tiger 10.4.x also installed, but I didn't get the installation discs with it.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/sp17

    So I am unable to install tiger on mine also, hence the reason for:

    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/bu...id-2007-install-discs-wanted.html#post1116978


    Maybe if I had tiger on my macbook pro I could then use the imac discs for installation on the imac via the mbp firewire.

    As you suggest all macs have install discs according to the model.

    :D:D:D
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    No, you cannot use the system disks from another computer. They're keyed in such a way that prevents any use
     
  5. tsam19 thread starter macrumors member

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    Retail cd's or dvd's would work, as there not machine specific.

    :D
     
  6. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It shipped with 10.4.9 not 10.4.7. That is why it will not boot to that disc.
     
  7. tsam19 thread starter macrumors member

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    That makes sense now.

    I will look out for a tiger 10.4.9 or 10.4.10 retail version, if they did one.

    Cheers! ;)
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It won't do you any good. You have an Intel-based Mac. Apple never offered an Intel-compatible version of MacOS X 10.4 for retail sale. If you want to reinstall MacOS X 10.4.9 on your computer, then you must acquire a replacement System Restore disc. MacOS X 10.5 is the oldest retail version of MacOS X that can boot an Intel-based Mac.
     
  9. tsam19 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm glad you told me that, as there's a few tiger intel retail discs floating around on eBay claiming to be original etc, obviously bogus!

    There's even one claiming to be tiger 10.4.8 retail dvd.

    Cheers! ;)
     
  10. chrfr macrumors 603

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    You can call Apple and get replacement discs for your computer for a pretty reasonable fee.
     
  11. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    They're not bogus, they're just for PowerPC-based Macs.

    You could also try calling Apple to purchase a replacement set of system restore discs. They usually only charge $20 or so.
     
  12. tsam19 thread starter macrumors member

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    A lot of the ebay advertised discs say there for Intel versions of mac.

    I've already contacted apple & the price of each tiger cd/dvd is £22 each plus Vat - around £47 for the pair.

    I will wait & watch ebay for someone who is having a clear out.

    A set may turn up & I'm in no rush. ;)
     

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